My Work From Home Experience

by Briceyda Cuadros, updated April 27, 2020 

Have you been required to work from home recently? How fun right!? You get to spend some time with your kids, catch up on a few things at home, wake up late.. Etc. All of these things
sound great and can be great as long as you balance them out. If you are a person who is used to working in an office all week, this will probably take some time to get a hang of.

I have been so used to having my work space in the office and working from home has definitely been a challenge for me. While working from home every once in a while can be a luxury for
some, for others it may be more distracting. Think about it, are you more productive in your home office or the office office?

Here are five tips that have helped me be just as productive working from home as I am working in an office.

  1. Start your day early. Believe it or not starting your day early will help you have a more productive day and lots more done! Starting on a project early will help you progress on
    it gradually throughout the day. It is easy to “sleep in” and wake up 10 minutes before your clock in time but that will also make you feel sluggish and you will probably end up
    starting your day later than you would if you were in the actual office.
  2. Get out of the house/take breaks. It can be so easy to get distracted on your work that you forget to take breaks. It is important that you take at least a 5 minute break every
    now and then to help you clear your mind and recharge.

    I love going out for a run or walk during my break. It helps me feel more relaxed when I get back. I also give my eyes a break from the computer screen which is a big plus!

  3. Have a dedicated work space. It is important that you have your own work space during working hours. Whether it is a home office or simply a desk set up somewhere in
    your house where you can be comfortable while working.

    I started working on the floor because I didn’t have a desk or work space set up at home. I said to myself, “what’s one week”? Well, three days in, my back was not having it. Eventually and thankfully my husband set up a desk for me in the living room and here I am, typing this six weeks later.

  4. Set rules with people in your space. Make sure they know that when you are working, you have to get things done and you aren’t just “hanging out at home”. If there are
    children in the house, make sure they understand what they can and cannot do.

    I have a two-year-old and I swear, every time the phone rings I am scared to answer it because I never know what’s going to come out of her mouth. I have to give her a death stare and even then you’ll hear “mom’’ about five times in the background!

  5. Save chores for free time. You’d think that working from home you can catch up on house chores, laundry etc. Probably the easiest chore to do while on the clock is laundry. I mean, how easy is it to just throw clothes in the washer and get back to work, right? Well, it’s best to leave the other chores alone until you have some actual free time. If you decide to “quickly” clean while taking a five minute break, that’s not going to happen. You will take longer and you’ll lose valuable work time.

I hope these tips help you as much as they have helped me. Till next time!

COVID-19: FAQS

Is the office closed to the public?

Yes, based on the orders from the federal and local governments, our office will be closed until further notice. We encourage residents to do all property-related business, such as rental payments, work orders, communications, etc., by phone, email or through the Resident Portal.

Will you still be completing resident work orders?

We will continue to complete all work orders but we will only prioritize completing emergency work orders. All other work orders will be completed but since our maintenance staff will not be on property full time, it may take longer than usual to complete. We ask that you have patience as we adjust to this transition.

If I am locked out of my room or apartment, will staff be available to let me in?

If you happen to be locked out of your apartment, we ask that you call the office number and speak with one of our leasing agents. If it is during office hours, we will dispatch someone to assist. If it is outside of office hours, you will be responsible for finding a locksmith to assist you with entry.

I have lost income due to lay off, shortened hours or termination. Do I still have to pay my rent?

Rent is still due according to the lease agreement. Please refer to your lease agreement for any additional questions on when payments are due. We are not abating rent at this time, but if you have any questions regarding payment options, please contact our accounting department at ​accounting@rentathens.com

COVID-19 Response from the Property Manager

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by COVID-19. Like many of you, we are closely monitoring developments surrounding the COVID-19 spread in the United States and abroad. A complete summary of the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the ​CDC’s website​.

As Property Manager, my first concern turns to the safety of my residents and employees. Based on the recommendations of the CDC and the World Health Organization, we have decided to close our leasing office and all amenities to help limit the spread of the virus.

This will affect residents in multiple ways:

All payments will need to be submitted electronically or dropped in the rent box at the front office as ​we will not be accepting any method of payment in-person​. This will limit the possibility of exposure to all.

If you need help setting up electronic payments, we will be more than happy to walk you through the process over the phone. Call us at 706-353-0271 during business hours and we’ll be glad to answer any questions.

For any other accounting related questions or concerns about payments, please contact our Property Accountant at accounting@rentathens.com

WORK ORDER PRIORITIZATION

Effective immediately, we will only be prioritizing emergency work orders. We encourage you to still place any work orders that you may have, but understand it may take a little longer to get to you. A general saying that we use to determine an emergency is anything “Fire, Flood, Blood, and HVAC” related.

Regular maintenance will resume upon the return of our normal business operations.

OFFICE HOURS

As mentioned before, the office will be closed to the public until further notice. If you need to reach us please feel free to call or email. We will be opened during normal business hours.

You can reach us by phone at: 706-353-0271

Email: theredland@rentathens.com

We remain hopeful in the thought that these tough times will not last. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please feel free to reach out to any of the staff via text, phone, or email.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with each of you as we work together to remain safe. Remember, the best way to get through this is to work together. Follow the guidelines of the CDC and WHO and we hope to see you all soon.

As always, Go Dawgs!

-Emmanuel C. Washington,

Property Manager